John R. Poliseno, a resident of Little Falls, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, April 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Father Nicholas Landsberger officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Little Falls.
John Robert Poliseno was born in Ishpeming, Mich., July 12, 1924, to the late Leonard and Carmella (DiBrito) Poliseno. At the age of four, the family moved to Dilworth, where he attended elementary school and graduated from high school. He graduated from Moorhead State with a BA and BS in music and a minor in French, Spanish and English. At Moorhead State, he was active in Who’s Who, Student Commission, Music and Owls Fraternity. John also did graduate school work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the University of Minnesota and also took part in the National Defense Act in Spanish at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His first teaching position was at Custer County High School in Miles City, Mont., where he spent 11 years teaching vocal music. In 1956, he married Louise Oberlander in Sioux Falls, S.D., and moved to Little Falls in 1957. In 1957, he started teaching vocal music, French and Spanish, and retired after 29 years. He was active in the Teacher’s Association. John was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls. As a member of St. Mary’s Parish, John directed the St. Mary’s Men’s Choir for 13 years.
John is survived by his wife Louise; children, David (Beth) Poliseno of Mendota Heights, Tom (Tammy) Poliseno of Princeton Junction, N.J., Mark Poliseno of Roseville and Maryanne Poliseno of Minneapolis; four grandchildren, Heather, Jenni, Samantha and Lauren; and sister, Mary Narum of Fargo, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Anthony Poliseno.
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